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Notre Dame Alarm Raised 23 Minutes Before Blaze Was Detected
Notre Dame Alarm Raised 23 Minutes Before Blaze Was Detected

LUDOVIC MARINPARIS-An alarm was raised at Notre Dame at 6:20 p.m. on Monday night-23 minutes before the structure was engulfed in flames-but officials found no sign of a fire. Firefighters who responded to a second alert raced to the scene but were then unable to tame an inferno that ripped through the 12th century cathedral for the next 9 hours.Paris public prosecutor Rémy Heitz announced on Tuesday that a full investigation would uncover how a massive fire was allowed to gut the cathedral. "What we know at this stage is that there was an initial alarm at 6:20 p.m., followed by a procedure to verify this but no fire as found," Heitz explained. "Then, there was a second alarm at 6:43 p.m....

UPDATE 3-U.S. FDA orders transvaginal surgical mesh pulled from market

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday ordered makers of transvaginal surgical mesh implants to immediately stop their sale and distribution in the United States, the latest action by the agency to tackle safety issues related to the devices. The FDA said Boston Scientific Corp and Coloplast A/S did not demonstrate a reasonable assurance of safety and effectiveness of these devices in their premarket applications. The companies will have 10 days to submit their plan to withdraw these products from the market, the FDA said in a statement https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm636114.htm.

Bank of America profit rises 6 pct on growing loan book

Bank of America Corp reported a 6 percent rise in quarterly profit on Tuesday, as a growing loan book and cost cuts made up for a drop in revenue in investment banking. Net income applicable to common shareholders rose to $6.87 billion, or 70 cents per share, in the first quarter ended March 31 from $6.49 billion, or 62 cents per share, a year earlier.

Notre Dame Fire: The Treasures Inside the Cathedral
Notre Dame Fire: The Treasures Inside the Cathedral

AlamyAs a fire raged at the great cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, France was mourning the destruction of one of the most prominent symbols of its national heritage-and Christians and art buffs the world over were lamenting the potential loss of a thousand years of history and faith. Fire officials have said many precious works of art were saved, but the structure was full of masterpieces, some of which may have perished. High AltarAmong the treasures inside the famous cathedral, where every day Parisians celebrate weddings, funerals and baptisms, is the high altar with a Nicolas Coustou sculpture of the Descent from the Cross from 1723. UPDATE: Initial images from inside the church...

Tax lawyer: Trump should keep tax returns private
Tax lawyer: Trump should keep tax returns private

As a lawyer for clients facing tax problems, I find it hard to conjure a tax reason for the president to reveal his returns: Opposing view

Sen. Bernie Sanders Unveils New
Sen. Bernie Sanders Unveils New 'Medicare for All' Plan

Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont unveiled a new version of his "Medicare for All" plan on Wednesday, shaking up the 2020 presidential race by reopening the debate over his call to eliminate private health insurance.

Israeli PM Netanyahu poised for 5th term as rival concedes
Israeli PM Netanyahu poised for 5th term as rival concedes

JERUSALEM (AP) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's main rival conceded defeat Wednesday, promising to wage a robust battle from the opposition after the ruling Likud party and its nationalist allies won a solid majority in parliamentary elections.

Sanofi to cut U.S. insulin costs for some patients to $99 per month

Sanofi SA said on Wednesday it will cut the cost of its insulin products to $99 per month for uninsured patients and others who pay cash for it in the United States, as the French drugmaker contends with intense criticism over the high price of the life-sustaining diabetes medication. Sanofi announced the plan hours before one of its executives was set to testify before a congressional committee on the rising prices of insulin. The cost of insulin for treating type 1 diabetes in the United States has nearly doubled over a five-year period, leading some patients to put their own health at risk by rationing the medication.

Kathie Lee Gifford gave 'Today' replacement Jenna Bush Hager this special gift
Kathie Lee Gifford gave 'Today' replacement Jenna Bush Hager this special gift

Kathie Lee Gifford had something special for Jenna Bush Hager, her successor for the fourth hour of "Today," rebranded as "Today with Hoda & Jenna."

Netflix postpones Felicity Huffman film after actor admits college fraud
Netflix postpones Felicity Huffman film after actor admits college fraud

Desperate Housewives star to admit bribing college officialsActor is one of 50 people charged over university scam Felicity Huffman: 'I am in full acceptance of my guilt, and with deep regret and shame over what I have done, I accept full responsibility for my actions and will accept the consequences.' Photograph: Steven Senne/AP Netflix has postponed the release date of a film starring Felicity Huffman after the actor agreed to plead guilty to fraud for her part in the largest US college admissions scam ever prosecuted. Huffman, known for the TV series Desperate Housewives, is one of 13 people who have admitted paying bribes to get their children into desirable colleges such as Yale,...

College Admissions Scandal: 13 parents, 1 coach to plead guilty
College Admissions Scandal: 13 parents, 1 coach to plead guilty

Thirteen parents and one university athletic coach will plead guilty to charges in the college admissions scandal that has been rocking the nation. Of the parents who intend to plead guilty, five of them are from the Bay Area.

Facebook says has made headway against abuses ahead of India election
Facebook says has made headway against abuses ahead of India election

During a media tour of the company's election operations center at its Menlo Park headquarters in California on Friday, company officials touted new fact-checking efforts for suppressing misinformation and technological advances such as the ability to detect when videos had been doctored. Excoriated for failing to stop Russian manipulation in the 2016 U.S. presidential vote, Facebook has ramped up efforts to prevent abuses in subsequent elections, including the 2018 American midterms and the recent Brazilian and Mexican contests. Governments in many countries, including India and the UK, are contemplating strict new regulations for social media companies.

Museveni vows
Museveni vows 'Uganda is safe' after tourist kidnap

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Monday insisted his country was safe for travellers, after the kidnapping of a US tourist, but vowed to further strengthen security in national parks. An American woman and her experienced safari guide were recovered unharmed Sunday after a ransom was paid for their release six days after they were abducted by gunmen while on an evening game drive in the Queen Elizabeth National Park. Tourism is a key industry for Uganda, home to rare mountain gorillas and other wildlife, the massive Lake Victoria and snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains.

Nielsen Out at DHS as Trump's Frustration Over Border Boils Over
Nielsen Out at DHS as Trump's Frustration Over Border Boils Over

Kevin McAleenan, Customs and Border Protection commissioner, will become acting secretary, Trump said. Trump met with Nielsen early Sunday evening and she was asked to resign, according to four people familiar with the matter.

Russia blocks UN Libya statement singling out Haftar
Russia blocks UN Libya statement singling out Haftar's forces

Russia on Sunday blocked a UN Security Council statement that would have called on forces loyal to Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar to halt their advance on Tripoli, diplomats said. Moscow insisted that the formal statement urge all Libyan forces to stop fighting, but the proposed change was opposed by the United States, council diplomats said. After a closed-door meeting on Friday, the council called on Haftar's self-proclaimed Libyan National Army to "halt its military activity" in an agreed statement to the press.

Nipsey Hussle Knew His Killer, Had a Personal Dispute With the Gang Member, Police Say
Nipsey Hussle Knew His Killer, Had a Personal Dispute With the Gang Member, Police Say

Prince Williams/GettyThe man police believe shot and killed Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle outside his clothing store was a gang member who knew the Los Angeles native, authorities said Tuesday. Eric Holder, 29, is accused of fatally shooting the 33-year-old rapper and injuring two of his friends in a tragic incident on Sunday afternoon that has garnered national attention. Following mass protests, Los Angeles police issued an arrest warrant for Holder late Monday night. On Tuesday afternoon, Holder was captured in Bellflower, California-about 30 minutes away from the crime scene, CBS Los Angeles reported. "We believe this to be a dispute between Mr. Hussle and Mr. Holder," Los...

UPDATE 1-NATO meeting to focus on Russia, as U.S. cautions Turkey over missile purchases

Daimler CEO: Boeing safety debate highlights challenge for autonomous tech
Daimler CEO: Boeing safety debate highlights challenge for autonomous tech

Daimler Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche said on Tuesday the debate surrounding the safety of Boeing's aircraft shows how hard it can be to win public acceptance for autonomous car technology. In the wake of two plane crashes, regulators across the world have grounded the 737 MAX aircraft pending an investigation into whether Boeing's software-based automated flight control system is safe. If you look at what is happening with Boeing then you can imagine what happens when such a system has an incident," Zetsche said, commenting on the motor industry's efforts to develop autonomous cars.

Courtroom erupts in applause following verdict in NYC jogger murder
Courtroom erupts in applause following verdict in NYC jogger murder

Chanel Lewis was convicted of murder and sexual abuse Monday night after the jury deliberated for about five hours at his retrial.

Second woman claims Joe Biden touched her inappropriately
Second woman claims Joe Biden touched her inappropriately

A Connecticut woman said Joe Biden touched her inappropriately and rubbed noses with her at a 2009 political fundraiser, becoming the second person in three days to accuse the former vice president of unwanted physical contact as he considers a White House run. "It wasn't sexual, but he did grab me by the head," Amy Lappos, 43, told the Hartford Courant on Monday of her encounter with Biden at a Greenwich, Connecticut, event. "He put his hand around my neck and pulled me in to rub noses with me. When he was pulling me in, I thought he was going to kiss me on the mouth." Lappos posted about the alleged incident in a Connecticut Women in Politics Facebook group on Sunday...

Senior U.S. House Republican questions Trump plan to cut Central American aid
Senior U.S. House Republican questions Trump plan to cut Central American aid

The top Republican on the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee said on Monday that cutting aid to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras would make the situation there worse, not better, a sign that President Donald Trump will face bipartisan objections in Congress as he pursues the plan. "If we cut all this funding, and a lot of it, quite honestly, is seriously law enforcement that we're doing down there ... I think it's going to make things tragically worse, not better," Representative Michael McCaul said in a presentation at the Wilson Center think tank in Washington. The State Department said on Saturday it was carrying out Trump's directive to end aid programs to...

Joe Biden: ex-defense secretary
Joe Biden: ex-defense secretary's wife says viral photo used 'misleadingly'

Stephanie Carter said former vice-president had his hands on her shoulders 'as a means of offering his support''I won't pretend that this will be the last of that picture, but it will be the last of other people speaking for me,' Stephanie Carter wrote of the picture. Photograph: Evan Vucci/APAs Joe Biden faced intense scrutiny of his behavior toward women, the wife of former defense secretary Ash Carter dismissed claims a photo of her with the former vice-president was an example of unwanted touching.In a Medium post late on Sunday, Stephanie Carter addressed the photo, in which Biden has his hands on her shoulders and appears to be whispering in her ear during the swearing-in ceremony...

The Latest: Election observers urge Turkey to honor results
The Latest: Election observers urge Turkey to honor results

ISTANBUL (AP) - The Latest on Turkey's local elections (all times local):

Israel reopens Gaza crossings closed for days after rocket strike
Israel reopens Gaza crossings closed for days after rocket strike

Israel reopened its crossings with the blockaded Gaza Strip on Sunday after having kept them closed for nearly a week following a rare long-distance rocket strike from the Palestinian enclave, an official said. Hamas announced an Egyptian-brokered truce that ended the exchange of fire. The reopening also comes after tens of thousands of Palestinians protested along the Gaza border with Israel on Saturday, marking the one-year anniversary since demonstrations and clashes erupted there.

'This is our moment': Beto O'Rourke attacks Trump and calls for unity

Launching his White House run in El Paso, the Democrat cited the presence blocks away of migrants held behind barbed wireBeto O'Rourke speaks on the streets of El Paso, Texas. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/ReutersBeto O'Rourke, the former punk rocker from a border town in Texas, formally launched his insurgent campaign for the US presidency on Saturday by denouncing fear and division promoted by Donald Trump and calling for a revival of inclusive American democracy.Speaking to several thousand supporters in his home town, El Paso, O'Rourke unleashed an impassioned attack on the president's border crackdown. Just a few blocks behind his back stood the Paso del Norte bridge across the Rio...

HRW urges New Zealand
HRW urges New Zealand's Ardern to discuss Muslims in China

BEIJING (AP) - A rights group urged New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to raise concerns about reported Chinese government abuses of Muslims during her visit to Beijing next week.

Poachers caught on cam killing bear, cubs in den
Poachers caught on cam killing bear, cubs in den

Poachers were caught on a surveillance camera, set up by the US Forest Service and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

US STOCKS-Wall St higher as U.S.-China talks progress, GDP growth cut caps gains

Wall Street rose modestly on Thursday, as U.S.-China trade talks made headway, but a cut in quarterly GDP growth exacerbated fears of an economic slowdown and kept a lid on gains. The domestic economy slowed more than initially thought in the fourth quarter, keeping growth in 2018 below the 3 percent annual target, and corporate profits failed to rise for the first time in more than two years.

Ex-Yale coach set to plead guilty for accepting more than $1 million in bribes in college admissions scandal
Ex-Yale coach set to plead guilty for accepting more than $1 million in bribes in college admissions scandal

The former women's soccer coach at Yale University is expected to plead guilty Thursday to taking bribes in exchange for pretending applicants were recruits to boost their chances of getting into the school.

A Conservative Case against Statehood for Puerto Rico
A Conservative Case against Statehood for Puerto Rico

Earlier this week at for National Review, Kyle Sammin made "a conservative case for Puerto Rican statehood." Some people might think that it's unusual to see a conservative make that argument, but actually, it isn't. As Sammin notes in his column, for decades the Republican-party platform has favored statehood for Puerto Rico. So have George W. Bush, along with his father and other, mostly moderate Republicans.It's a bit like the illegal-immigration argument. Democrats favor illegal immigration and Puerto Rican statehood for the same easy-to-understand reason: It's likely to bring millions of new voters into the Democratic party. On the other hand, Republicans who push these ideas always...

Brexit: DUP leader says abstaining on PM May's deal 'never an option'

The head of the Northern Irish party that props up British Prime Minister Theresa May's government said on Thursday its 10 members of parliament would vote against her Brexit divorce deal and had never considered abstaining. In a serious blow for May, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) announced on Wednesday it would not support her deal. A leading Brexiteer in May's Conservative Party, Jacob Rees-Mogg, had earlier suggested some critics of the divorce deal might back it if the DUP agreed to abstain.

Many gather at courthouse to support Clovis teacher accused of molesting three students
Many gather at courthouse to support Clovis teacher accused of molesting three students

TEACHER ON TRIAL: The longtime foreign language teacher remains on leave from Clovis Unified since mid-December.

Michael Avenatti goes from media darling to criminal suspect
Michael Avenatti goes from media darling to criminal suspect

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Michael Avenatti seemingly came out of nowhere, a sharply dressed lawyer with a penetrating gaze who said he would prove President Donald Trump had sex with a porn star and paid her off to keep quiet ahead of the 2016 election.

6 Structures You Didn
6 Structures You Didn't Realize Were Designed by Major Architects

The Ferrari P80/C Is a Two-in-One Track Car and Garage Beauty, and There's Only One
The Ferrari P80/C Is a Two-in-One Track Car and Garage Beauty, and There's Only One

Ferrari's first custom track car is the most extreme 488 we'll ever see.

Israeli military says it has started bombing Gaza after rocket strike
Israeli military says it has started bombing Gaza after rocket strike

Israel says it is striking 'Hamas terror targets'Rocket strike had destroyed house in Israel, wounding seven Smoke rises above buildings in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip during reported Israeli strikes on Monday. Photograph: Said Khatib/AFP/Getty Images Israel's military said it had begun striking "Hamas terror targets" across the Gaza Strip, retaliating for an earlier rocket attack that wounded seven people in a neighbourhood north of Tel Aviv. "The [Israeli Defense Forces] has begun striking Hamas terror targets throughout the Gaza Strip," the army said in a statement. Israel's military said its fighter jets attacked multiple targets across the strip, including a five-story...

The Latest: Americans talk about Mueller report
The Latest: Americans talk about Mueller report

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Latest on reaction across America to the first glimpse into the release of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation (all times local):

Another Parkland Student Has Died by Apparent Suicide
Another Parkland Student Has Died by Apparent Suicide

The death follows the recent suicide of Parkland shooting survivor Sydney Aiello

Ben Stiller jokes about partaking in college admissions scam for his daughter
Ben Stiller jokes about partaking in college admissions scam for his daughter

Ben Stiller took his daughter on a tour of California colleges and couldn't help but crack a joke about the college admissions bribery scandal.

Indonesia
Indonesia's Garuda cancels Boeing 737 Max 8 order after crashes

Indonesia's national carrier Garuda will call off a multi-billion-dollar order for 49 Boeing 737 Max 8 jets after two fatal crashes involving the plane, the company said Friday, in what is thought to be the first formal cancellation for the model. "We have sent a letter to Boeing requesting that the order be cancelled," said Garuda spokesman Ikhsan Rosan. "The reason is that Garuda passengers in Indonesia have lost trust and no longer have the confidence" in the plane, he said, adding that the airline was awaiting a response from Boeing. Garuda had already received one of the 737 Max 8 planes, part of a 50-plane order worth $4.9 billion at list prices when it was...

US STOCKS-Futures fall as global growth worries weigh

Micron Technology Inc, Intel Corp and Western Digital Corp declined between 0.5 percent and 0.8 percent. At 6:43 a.m. ET, Dow e-minis were down 116 points, or 0.45 percent. S&P 500 e-minis were down 11.75 points, or 0.41 percent and Nasdaq 100 e-minis were down 27 points, or 0.36 percent.

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